A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
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Weekly Update for July 30, 2018
Association Updates

PCSAO welcomes Kelsey Fobean
PCSAO is very excited to announce that Kelsey Fobean joined PCSAO last week as the Ohio START AmeriCorps*VISTA. Kelsey is working on the Ohio START project with both Fawn Gadel and Marla Himmeger, focusing on peer-to-peer learning communities for Ohio START family peer mentors and caseworkers. Originally from Akron, Kelsey is a recent graduate of Wittenberg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. After her year of service, Kelsey hopes to pursue a PhD in neuroscience focusing on the effects of addiction on the human brain and behavior. In her free time, Kelsey likes to spend time with friends or relaxing at home with her cat. Read more about Ohio START .

Southeast District meets
The PCSAO Southeast District met July 23. Northwoods provided an EDMS project update, and ODJFS and PCSAO provided updates; the group reviewed PCSAO’s Children’s Continuum of Care Reform plan, discussed placement challenges, and considered upcoming Trustee nominations. The district next meets Oct. 22.

Northeast District meets
The PCSAO Northeast District met July 23 and received the latest updates from Northwoods on the EDMS-child welfare project. The group reviewed PCSAO’s Children’s Continuum of Care Reform plan, considered upcoming Trustee nominations, and shared county updates. The district next meets Oct. 22.

EDMS-child welfare project moves forward
Northwoods is actively working on the county readiness and deployment plan for the statewide deployment that requires the company to collect information about PCSA office wi-fi service, total number of field staff, and current type of mobile device used. In order to capture this information, all county PCSAs are asked to complete this survey by Aug. 3. It is important to note that the supported devices for Traverse Mobile include Apple iPad Air or newer (running iOS 11 or greater, 4G/LTE data connectivity or wi-fi connectivity, and minimum of 32 GB storage) and the Microsoft Surface (Windows 10 recommended and minimum of 32 GB storage).  

HOPE: Parent partners share expertise
HOPE has identified parent partners and caregivers to assist the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program with the development of a video to be included in core training with new caseworkers. The parent partners and caregivers will share their thoughts on how caseworkers can support the reunification process. Watch for more to come on this project in the coming weeks.

2018 PCSAO Conference: Registration now open!
We’re excited to announce that the registration for the 2018 PCSAO Conference is now open! Join us at the conference Sept. 19-21 in Columbus. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Child Protection Puzzle: Putting All the Pieces Together.” We strongly believe that collaborating and connecting essential components in child welfare are important in training and empowering our child protection workers. The conference will focus on efforts to highlight collective knowledge and best practices in child protection that lead to improving outcomes for children, youth and families. The conference provides a great opportunity to learn, gain important new skills, share knowledge and network with child protection communities. Download the  conference registration brochure   and then  register online   today!

Conference sponsorship registration
You are invited to be part of our annual event by exhibiting and sponsoring at the conference. The conference offers you the opportunity to interact one-on-one with individuals who are working in and involved with child protection. Sponsorship opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to  register online  today.

Gift basket donation
PCSAO invites you and your agency to donate a gift basket. Gift baskets that we receive will be given away to conference attendees as door prizes during the networking events. In addition to our appreciation of your generosity, any counties that donate a gift basket will be listed in the conference program. Please e-mail Jeed@pcsao.org by Aug. 31 to confirm your gift basket donation. 

Anti-human trafficking update
Learn more about PCSAO’s anti-human trafficking efforts on our website ! PCSAO can provide free training about human trafficking to children services agencies, foster parents, and juvenile justice; contact Bhumika Patel, Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, at bhumika@pcsao.org for more information. The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center has made various webinar recordings available about how communities can utilize multidisciplinary approaches to respond to human trafficking; the most recent webinar focuses on “ The Impact of Trafficking in Native and Tribal Communities .” 

Rules update
Rules 5101:2-49-02 and 5101:2-49-02.1 will be posted for pre-clearance review/comment for a seven-day period from July 25-31. The rules are posted simultaneously through regular clearance for a seven-day review period at the same time due to a tight timeframe imposed by ACFYF-CB-PI-18-07 issued July 9.

In accordance with Public Law 115-123, the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) revised the program eligibility rules to delay phasing in the “applicable child” requirements based on the age of the child. From Jan. 1, 2018, until June 30, 2024, the “applicable child” requirements apply only to children who will be age two or older by the end of the fiscal year their adoption assistance agreement was entered into. Rule 5101:2-49-02 of the Administrative Code was also reviewed as part of a five-year review.

OAC 5101:2-49-02 "Title IV-E adoption assistance (AA) eligibility criteria for children over age two" sets forth the eligibility criteria for the adoption assistance program. The proposed rule contains the requirements for applicable children to be eligible for adoption assistance. The rule has been rescinded and filed as new to clearly explain the requirements pursuant to Public Law 115-123.

OAC 5101:2-49-02.1 "Title IV-E adoption assistance (AA) eligibility criteria for children under age two" sets forth the eligibility criteria for the adoption assistance program. The proposed rule contains the requirements pursuant to Public Law 115-123 for non-applicable children to be eligible for adoption assistance. This is a new rule.

Also in clearance are 8201: Chafee Allocations (until Aug. 7) and 8202: TANF IL Allocation (until Aug. 8) Changes include updating rule language to provide consistency and clarification of the most current funding practices.

To comment on any of these rules, click here
Announcements and Resources

Family and Children Services Deputy Director Pam Meermans retiring
Clark County Department of Job and Family Services Deputy Director Pam Meermans is retiring this month after more than 30 years of service to local children and families. Meermans was the founding coordinator of the Clark County Child Advocacy Center in 2001. She was hired as deputy director of Clark County DJFS Family and Children Services in 2011. Denise Estep has been promoted to fill Meermans’ position within the DJFS Family and Children Services division. Read more .

Webinar: Using data to inform our work on child well-being
One of the main challenges that any researcher faces is how to use data appropriately and understanding its limitations. This webinar will tackle how to use the Kids Count Data Books and the Data Center for research, policy development, and performance management to support progress and successful programs. Join Dr. Nicole Thomas, Research and Data Manager for CDF-Ohio, as she digs into the Kids Count data and discusses how it can be used in the field by practitioners, at the program level and for policy development and decision-making.

Meeting number (access code): 625 388 378
Meeting password: M8kQvMhH
When it’s time, join the meeting :
  • Join from a video system or application: 625388378@cdf-ohio.my.webex.com
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  • Join by phone: 1-510-338-9438 USA Toll
Child Protection in the News

A woman in southwest Ohio is facing charges after she allegedly overdosed in her car while her 2-year-old daughter was in the back seat, police said. Hillary Fuller-Solarzano, 26, was charged with child endangering and disorderly conduct, CBS affiliate WHIO reports.

The number of children in the protective care of the county due to abuse and neglect has decreased since March, but still risen for the year.

The male caregiver in the household, or the mother's boyfriend, is charged in each of the three cases. From 2001 to 2015, the mother's boyfriend or stepfather was responsible for 25 percent of child deaths in Lucas County.
Upcoming Events

Aug. 1 | Board of Trustees Meeting
Aug. 3 | Community Education Committee Meeting
Aug. 6 | Fostering Pathways to Success Conference

Employment Opportunities

Looking for a career in child protection? Or a new position to challenge yourself? Check out the latest job openings in child protection.

NEW! UPP graduates seeking employment at a PCSA are listed on our website.
Quote of the Week

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